With the weather conditions we experienced Wednesday afternoon, 2 to 3 inches of rain within 30 minutes, there is a strong possibility that overflows of the combined sewers in the City of Plymouth could occur in the next 72 hours.
Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson recommends citizens avoid all contact with water downstream of combined sewers. He said signage has been posted along the waterways to identify the 10 combine sewer overflow points and where contact with the water could be hazardous to your health.
Even during dry weather, the potential also exists, from other sources (wildlife, upstream users, and ground water discharges) for pollutants to be present in the Yellow River.
Downstream areas on the Yellow River where may have happened include: Klinger Street, Elliot Street, downstream from the Magnetic – Bird Park Area, Cleveland Street and Sixth Street.
The City of Plymouth encourages citizens to take the following protective actions when recreating in the urban area.
• Avoid contact with urban streams, especially during and three (3) days after rain.
• Alter urban stream recreational activities to ones that Do Not contact water. For example, try walking or biking along a stream rather than swimming or wading.
• Always wash your hands after contacting water in urban streams, especially before eating or use a waterless hand sanitizer at outings that occur near urban streams.